Moldavian Moon Book One: The Wolf's Torment [NOOK Book]

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It's 1865 and Moldavia is a country nestled against the shores of the Black Sea. Lady Theresa travels from Austria to this country that's haunted by tales of vampires and werewolves. She's going to marry the Crown Prince, but she harbors her own unspoken secrets.

Prince Mihai has just returned to Moldavia to discover he's a witch. He's intent on being a good husband and modernizing his country, but he must find a balance with his supernatural ...
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Moldavian Moon Book One: The Wolf's Torment

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Overview

It's 1865 and Moldavia is a country nestled against the shores of the Black Sea. Lady Theresa travels from Austria to this country that's haunted by tales of vampires and werewolves. She's going to marry the Crown Prince, but she harbors her own unspoken secrets.

Prince Mihai has just returned to Moldavia to discover he's a witch. He's intent on being a good husband and modernizing his country, but he must find a balance with his supernatural heritage. His best friend, Viktor, accompanies Mihai and marries Mihai's sister. In an unfortunate twist of fate, a werewolf bites Viktor.

Viktor's transformation threatens everyone around him, including his wife's safety and Mihai's happiness, but he's especially dangerous when he's near Theresa. Can Mihai save his family from Viktor's lies and deceptions?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012459787
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc
  • Publication date: 4/30/2011
  • Series: Moldavian Moon , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 642 KB

Meet the Author

Stephanie Burkhart was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. She received a B.S. in Political Science from California Baptist University in 1995. She served in U.S. Army from 1986-1997, spending seven years in Germany. Her interests include exploring European history and watching Dancing with the Stars. Stephanie lives in California and works for LAPD's Communications Division as a 911 Dispatcher. She's married with two young sons.
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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Great Read

    Mihai has his eyes on the future, but only the ancient magic in his blood can save his family.

    One of the things that immediately drew me in to The Wolf's Torment was the exciting prologue. Often I have come across stories with prologues filled with necessary and interesting background information, but few of them have been as action packed as the one in this story. Ms. Burkhart managed to convey quite a bit about Mihai's history during a dangerous chase scene that ends in a battle between two witches.

    The story does slow down a bit from there, but this slower pace is short lived and allowed me to really get to know the major characters. First there is the hero, Mihai. He struck me as very mature for his young age, but then he has to be strong since his father's health is failing and he must be prepared to assume the role of king. Mihai is very serious most of the time, yet it is clear that he has a big heart. He adores his sister Sonia and truly cares for his best friend Viktor. I really liked Mihai, but he is not without his flaws. When he returns to Moldavia, he is supposed accept an arranged marriage. However, Mihai had an affair while he was at school in London. This indiscretion certainly came back to haunt him when he meets Theresa, his intended.

    It was also very interesting to watch Mihai balance the duties of being a prince against the supernatural world. During the day, he is debating with parliament about taxes, and at night he is learning to harness his newly discovered powers. Despite the very large gap between the mundane and the paranormal, Ms. Burkhart managed to blend the two so well, that I had no trouble watching Mihai oversee a construction project one minute and cast a spell the next.

    I liked Theresa immediately. She is loving, honest, and open to adventure. She approaches new experiences and activities with an energy that is simply contagious. Despite her sweet spirit, I loved that Theresa stood up for herself. Whenever she felt that Mihai was neglecting her, she wasn't afraid to let him know. When Theresa learns of Mihai's affair, she is very hurt. However, I admired her ability to rise above it and continue to build her relationship with Mihai. I honestly think that Theresa and Mihai make a wonderful couple. Theresa is just the right woman to balance Mihai's serious personality and encourage him to take time to relax every now and then.

    As much as I liked Theresa, toward the end of The Wolf's Torment, she makes some very terrible decisions. I won't spoil the ending by revealing the circumstances that influence her decision making process. I will say that even though she was under a lot of stress I thought her actions seemed a little out of character. I found it hard to believe that after all the things she had witnessed concerning witches and werewolves that she would still choose to take a certain path. It did not sit well with me at all.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    High-Quality Paranormal Romance

    I found this novel to be absolutely spectacular. Its author made me care for all the characters, especially the antagonist who turned a villain through no fault of his own. Although Wolf's Torment can be classified as a loosely historical paranormal-romance, the many underlying themes--such as the friendship dynamic, coming of age, family ties and troubles, and facing political realities, sickness, and death--give it a meaning deeper than an average genre book. The many characters are introduced without overwhelming the reader. As a result, I can remember every one of them, despite the novel's page-turner quality. The story starts with the crown prince Mihai Sigmaringen's return home to Moldavia after receiving an education in England. Accompanying him is his best friend, Viktor Bacau, who decides to settle as Mihai's advisor in Constanta, Moldavia. Viktor falls in love with Mihai's sister and they get married, as does Mihai to his intended Lady Theresa von Kracken. Mihai is a witch from his mother's side, and when Viktor gets bitten by a werewolf, all troubles begin. Through the course of the story, Mihai learns about himself and how to love and keep what and who he really wants in life. The construction of the novel is superb, and Stephanie Burkhart weaves her intricate plot through every scene, every emotion, every perspective with passion and minute attention to particulars. Every character, even the secondary ones, are drawn with utmost care. After the first few introductory pages, the story never loses its suspense and tension. This novel is not only highly entertaining but also it boasts its author's mastery of fiction writing. I loved it.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    A new twist on werewolf tales

    An ancient heritage and modern technology collide in the dark, tense tale The Wolf's Torment, the latest historical paranormal from Stephanie Burkhart. Mihai Sigmaringen, crown prince of Moldavia, returns from university to face an ailing father, an unwanted fiancée, and the political quagmire of trying to unify competing principalities into one country. A child of a witch, Mihai struggles to balance his supernatural heritage against multiple, mundane details required to bring his country into the modern era. The story begins with a breath-stealing carriage chase that ends with the death of the queen and the revelation that despite its modern veneer, old terrors still live in Romania. The pace never lets up as Mihai struggles to take on his father's royal duties with help from his sister, Sonia, and friend, Viktor Bacau. Complicating his duties is the arrival of his fiancée, Theresa, and a werewolf, who has marked Victor to be his next victim. Once the threat is uncovered, Mihai realizes he has mere weeks to learn to wield the power of the witch-or watch those he loves be destroyed. Set in 1865, the story begins with Mihai's homecoming and explores the boundaries of love and friendship as one generation inherits family legacies, good and bad, and sets the foundation for the rest of their lives. The heady optimism of the young is tempered by danger and disaster, and readers will lose their hearts as they watch Mihai struggle to find the wisdom and power to protect those he loves.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

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    The Wolf's Torment (Moldavian Moon #1) by Stephanie Burkhart

    The Wolf's Torment (Moldavian Moon #1) by Stephanie Burkhart



    The Crown Prince of  Moldavia, Mihai Sigmaringen, returns home after attending university in England.  His best friend,  Viktor Bacau, joins him as his personal valet.  



    The King arranged a marriage between Mihai and Lady Theresa von Kracken. Surprisingly, they dreamt  about each other since childhood.  Unknown to them, they both come from witch bloodlines.  



    Victor is bitten by a werewolf, not only does it affect his life but that of all the people he cares about.



    I enjoyed all the characters, Mihai being one of my favorites.  He has a lot to deal with being next in line for the thrown.  I like that he doesn’t act privileged and seems to care about those around him.



    Theresa is strong and caring.  I admired that she championed helping out the orphanage.  I didn’t like that her family kept her witch heritage from her.  I think that causes her to make her poor decision at the end of the novel, but it makes for a good story.



    I really liked Victor.  He had a great outlook and morals.  Having become invested in him, it was difficult seeing the werewolf changed him.  



    Stephanie Burkhart did an excellent job describing the 1865 Moldavia time period, creating an enjoyable reader experience.  I could easily visualize what it was like to live in that time period.



    The plot was interesting and thought out.  I found it fascinating that the actions of one-person  affect so many others throughout history, starting with a bad decision by Mihai’s grandfather on his mother’s side.   Then it would start over with someone else’s exploit.



    I really enjoyed The Wolf's Torment.  It had an eventful ending that left me wanting to know what will happen next in the series.  The paranormal elements were very believable.   The main and sub characters were all well done and convincing.  It is a great story for those that appreciate historic fiction with paranormal elements. 



    Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.  

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

    I love historical fiction, vampires, werewolves, witches, suspen

    I love historical fiction, vampires, werewolves, witches, suspense, exotic settings, royal intrigue and romance. What's my point? This book has it all! What a treat.




    There is also one other thing I look for in excellent fiction, and that is an opening hook that let's me know what I'm in for, and an action-filled plot that lives up to my expectations.  Stephanie did not let me down.  The background information that is essential to the plot line is deftly woven into story, such as a careening carriage chase wherin we learn the secret truth about the hero's mother. Ah...the plot thickens.








    The prince is mouth watering delicious and as if that weren't fun enough, his best friend, equally awe inspiring, falls for his kid sister and then promptly gets turning into a werewolf!  Delightful, you say? You bet!








    It's not all fun though. Yes, there are nonstop games, but the teams are good and evil. Laced with twists and turns, this was a plot I could really sink my teeth into--if only I could live that long.








    If you like the pagan elements of Reign, the thinly veiled diabolic revenge and greed of Game of Thrones, or the outright dark magic the good guys must face throughout the espionage of the Hobbit, this book will not let you down. And the happy ending required of all romance reads will put a smile on your face. 4/12 Bookworms from Book Bling

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